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Ryan Tedder: Creating a Hit Single Is Like Making Chicken Parmesan for a Million People

Image courtesy of Interscope Records (via ABC News Radio)
Image courtesy of Interscope Records (via ABC News Radio)

When it comes to crafting hit singles, Ryan Tedder 's got a pretty great track record, creating hits by Kelly Clarkson , Beyonce , Adele , Leona Lewis and, of course, his own band, OneRepublic .  What's his secret?  Ryan thinks that coming up with a single isn't just like writing any old song: he compares it to throwing a dinner party...for a million people.

Ryan tells the BBC , "Singles are like making a meal for your 40 closest friends, if not a million more. You've invited a million of your closest friends to come dine at your table and have your chicken Parmesan."

He adds, "Every detail has to be right. And wipe the plates -- you're preparing a meal for a million people!"

"Album tracks can be beautiful, too, but don't confuse the categories," Ryan continues. "Don't get upset when your six-minute song doesn't work as a first single."

Ryan and OneRepublic are currently gearing up to release a brand-new, non-album single called "Love Runs Out."  Let's hope it's delicious.

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